Library Director Salary

With about two in three of Library Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Library Directors is $60K per year and can range from $29K on the lower end to $98K per year near the higher end. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The vast majority (80 percent) of Library Directors who took the survey are female. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,522 - $100,751
(Median)
$33K
$60K
$100K
MEDIAN: $60,046
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$10.05 - $28.57
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$29
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$32,522 - $100,751  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,792  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,094 - $98,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 473
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.05 - $28.57  
   
Overtime
$19.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,792  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,094 - $98,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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Job Description for Library Director

A library director oversees all operations at a library. They direct staff - helping ensure that they are efficient and courteous at all times - and make sure that the library is running in an organized manner according to established rules and that books and other library items are organized neatly and efficiently. The library director may be in charge of the hiring of librarians, volunteers, and other staff, as well as carrying out disciplinary action as needed.

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Library Director Tasks

  • Promote library services and resources, and ensure library policies and procedures are followed.
  • Oversee library operations including planning, budgeting and staffing.
  • Direct the library services program, and participates in formulating long range goals and objectives.
  • Stay abreast of technology in order to work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.

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Popular Skills for Library Director


Library Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Budget Management, and Collection Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Cataloging and Online Research. Those proficient in Administration are, more often than not, also skilled in Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Library Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Library Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $37K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $51K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $60K. Library Directors who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $71K.

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Experience Affects Library Director Salaries



National Average
$57,000



Skills That Affect Library Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 9%

Operations Management
up arrow 4%

Budget Management
up arrow 2%

Administration
up arrow 2%

Collection Development
up arrow 2%

National Average
$57,000

Online Research
up arrow 6%

Cataloging
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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